Paperweight Collectors Association

Crossing my Facebook radar on Peachridge Glass today was a link to the Paperweight Collectors Association page. Of course, this led me to some further searches to develop this post. We have a few paperweights but really don’t know too much about them except that they caught our attention over the years and they are proudly displayed on tables throughout the house. Two locations in our house are pictured below.

Peach Ridge Living Room Table

Peach Ridge Guest Bedroom Table

[Wikipedia] Fine glass paperweights, are widely produced, collected and appreciated as works of art, and are often exhibited in museums as examples of fine glass art. They are made entirely of glass by sole artisans, or factories, usually in limited editions. They first began to be produced, especially in France, in about 1845, but began a sustained revival and rise in popularity in the middle of the twentieth century.

The Paperweight Collectors Association, Inc. (PCA, Inc) is a non-profit organization dedicated to appreciating and collecting glass paperweights. For a half-century, the PCA, Inc has championed the study and collecting of antique, vintage, and contemporary glass paperweights. The mission of the PCA, Inc is to promote education: to increase knowledge about paperweights, their creators, and the astounding glass medium from which they are created.

The PCA, Inc. consists of a convivial group of contemporary artists, dealers, collectors, libraries, and museums from around the globe. The interest in glass paperweights is the common thread that binds the membership: many of our members are just starting out with a few paperweights while others have established collections numbering in the thousands. There is something for every collector in terms of taste and budget. It is the variety and diversity of glass paperweights that make them so interesting to collect!

I have posted a few pictures of some vintage paperweights…

Vintage Paperweight Collection

State Capitol Richmond, Virginia Paperweight

Vintage Paperweight - Dried Flowers

Quinconces of Bordeaux, famous winery place in France

Vintage Paperweight with Calendar 1982-2022

Vintage Paperweight - France - Letter W or M - Crystal

Glass Paperweight Clear Dome Red Flowers

Vintage Paperweight with Crepe

Remember the Maine Feb 15, 1898 Original 1898 Paperweight; Sulphide of Admiral Dewy’s Flagship The Olympia Suspended Over Flowers

1960's Murano Sommerso Green & Clear Apple Paperweight

Glass Globe Paperweight With Bubble Design

Antique American Frit Paperweight "Thinque Of Me"

Bob Banford American Glass Paperweight with Internal Flower

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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